Work to repair and lay asphalt on the Nampula-Cuamba road, along a section of 348 kilometres that is part of the Nacala Development Corridor, is due to be finished within the expected deadline and be delivered in 2014, said the Mozambican deputy minister for Public Works and Housing.
At the end of a visit during which he spoke to representatives of the companies involved in the work, Deputy minister Francisco Pereira said that the contractors would be able to finish the work on deadline. He also noted that lot “B” of the project may be delivered ahead of schedule, partly because it does not require many bridges or aqueducts to be built.
The project to repair the Nampula-Cuamba road is split into three lots that were awarded to three different companies, two of which are Chinese and one is Portuguese.
Lot “A”, which totals 131 kilometres from Nampula to Ribaué, was awarded to China Henan International Cooperation Group (Chico), lot “B”, totalling 103 kilometres, from Ribaué to Malema, is being carried out by China Communications Construction, and lot “C”, covering 114 kilometres, from Malema to Cuamba, is the responsibility of Portuguese company Construções Gabriel A.S. Couto.
The project is estimated to cost US$267 million, funded by the Mozambican government and by partners such as the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the African Development Bank and the South Korean Export Import Bank.
As well as being part of the Nacala corridor, the Nampula-Cuamba road is part of the Protocol for Transport, Communications and Meteorology of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), which aims to totally integrate the region’s infrastructure. (macauhub)